Two Songs That Borrow From “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic, Part Two”

King Crimson is like the cicada. It goes into hibernation for a while and then re-emerges. Their first album, in ’69, is considered the most important progressive rock album of all time, mainly for being first on the scene. The three follow-up albums they recorded made little impression, and they fell off the map. When they reappeared it was with an amazing trilogy of albums, starting with Larks’ Tongues In Aspic. Here is the title track:

A famous and influential piece of music, so it’s not a surprise that its sound appears elsewhere. Here is a song from 1998 by the post-hardcore band Refused, called “Refused Are Fucking Dead”:

Closer to the present day, here is the math rock band black midi from 2019. The song is called “Speedway”:

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